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08-26-10 11:37 AM
StormyToddler
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

Your set up looks amazing! I love that carpet as well, great job all around.
08-25-10 05:40 PM
Radarlock
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

mrloofer are your Netops powerful enough to process your ripped DVD's and BR's without any problems? I have heard they have difficulties with streaming video.
08-10-10 07:23 AM
mrloofer
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

For $40 a piece you really can't go wrong You'll really like em.
08-09-10 10:03 PM
bambino
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

Thanks, I saw them at PE and been dreaming ever since. I think i'll throw them in on my next order and get with you if i have any questions. Thanks again, Bambino.
08-09-10 09:51 PM
mrloofer
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

You need a separate sub to power them. You can buy a relatively cheap sub for $100 or less, one that can pump out say 75w per channel, or you can do what I did and use my old, retired 5.1 sub. The beauty of having a separate sub to power your shakers is the extra control such as volume and cross over frequencies. For me using my own sub was definitely the cheaper approach. Setting them up is fairly straight forward. You simply Y-split your main receiver sub/LFE output. Send the one cable to your sub, and the other you split again into the L&R CD/DVD input on your 2nd sub. You then connect the speaker outs on that 2nd sub to your shakers. Pretty straightforward and if you search AVSForum for "Aura Pro" you'll find a sticky with connection diagrams and plenty of info.

The Aura Pros are on sale right now at partsexpress.com. They also have some cheap plate amps on there so be sure to check them out. Let me know if you bite the bullet and I'll assist anyway I can.

Cheers.
08-09-10 07:59 PM
bambino
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

Always been curious about them things, what are you using to power them? Extra amp channels, outboards or what? reason i ask is cause of the curiousity of them but i have no channels to spare or share. Nice to hear a good review of them, got me even more interested in them.
08-09-10 07:23 PM
mrloofer
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

These are Aura Pro bass shakers and they are a fraction of the cost of Buttkickers. I have yet to fully calibrate mine and am even running them on full power, until the novelty wears off that is. During the pod emergence scene in War Of The Worlds instead of my sub shaking the foundations and annoying all in my house, I was able to turn the sub down and power on the shakers under my chair. This gives the impression that you have a massive and powerful sub in your room when in reality it's just the shaker under your seat. I love them.
08-09-10 04:16 PM
bambino
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

What are those called? Are they bass shakers? I can't remember but i have seen them and wonderd how well they work.
08-09-10 09:48 AM
mrloofer
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

Just installed these bad boys. Can't compare them to Buttkickers but these were only $40 each and are really, really good. I can't believe how much more immerse movies are with these things rumbling away under your crotch. Very, very impressed!

07-18-10 10:31 AM
mdrake
Re: MrLoofer's Garage HT Build

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Cheap Acer Revo 1600 Nettop from Best Buy: $199. As you can see I have two of them.



Although I think they discontinued it but I'm sure you could pick one up somewhere. It's a tiny white box but packs a lot of power. Has a built in HDMI and optical output to hook directly to your receiver/TV/projector. I have two of them, one is running XBMC Linux and the other running Windows XP. The Windows box (the one on the right) is purely a utorrent client used for downloading TV shows and streaming content to the XBMC box. I also use this box for any windows software etc. Hooked to it is a bank of 1TB external drives which is where I rip my DVDs/Blu-rays. I compress my Blu rays down to about 5-10gig, quality is still pretty good at that size.

Now, you don't need two boxes to get XBMC running. It runs on both Linux and Windows. So since the Acer boxes come free with XP you can get XBMC running on it in minutes and connected to your TV. Plug it into your router or wireless USB and you've got a media player that plays ALL formats without the hassle of setting up a HTPC.

More info here: http://xbmc.org
Have you tried LinuxMCE? This is the OS I want to try next as it looks like it will do both the media center and home automation.

Matt
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